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For anyone who has either bad credit and is trying to rebuild it, or has no credit and is trying to establish it. It is a good idea to get started with a secured credit card
In this video we will cover what to look for in a secured card and go over the top three that are available right now to get.
But first let’s review quickly what a secured credit card is…
A secure credit card is different from a normal credit card because it requires a deposit of your own money of either dollars or up 0 dollars and uses this money as collateral in case you miss a payment.
There are two main reasons why people do this, the first is to repair their credit. If a person has bad credit because they have missed payments before they will have a hard time getting approved for a credit card. However if they pay the down deposit for a secured credit card then a bank or credit card company will feel safer in lending them money because they already have the down deposit to cover any missing payments.
Now the second reason is to establish credit. If you have no history of paying things back how can a bank know that you are able to? This is where a secured credit card comes in handy. When you pay your down deposit you are showing the bank that you committed to establishing credit and can be trusted in having a credit card.
Paying the down deposit and getting a secured credit card will help increase your chances of getting a credit card.
Here is what to look for in a secured credit card
The first thing is A low annual fee or no annual fee at all. The best cards are going to have no annual fee or an annual fee of below dollars
The second thing You are going to want a low APR or monthly interest rate. This way in case you have money sitting on your credit card you won’t get charged much
The third thing is A card that reports to all three credit bureaus. If you are trying to establish credit or build up your credit then you are going to want a card that reports to all three of the bureaus because if you are paying your credit card off every month then your score will go up
The last thing you are going to want to look for is the cost of the deposit. Some cards for will a dollar for dollar trade off. For example a 0 dollar deposit will give you a 0 dollar limit. Other cards but give you a different ratio such as a 0 deposit for a 0 dollar ratio. This depends on your current credit score though.
Now that we know what to look for in a credit card let’s go over the top three secured credit cards that can be used to either establish credit or repair it
One of the top credit cards that had been recommended is the secured MasterCard from capital one. This card requires a security deposit of either , , or 0
There is no annual fee
It reports to all credit bureaus
However it does require a credit check so depending where you are with your credit it how much of a deposit you will have to pay or if you can get approved at all
The next most recommended card is the discover it card
This card has no annual fee
Reports to all three credit bureaus
Requires a minimum security deposit of 0
Requires a credit check
You earn earn rewards of up to 2% and cash out on the rewards at anytime
The last and best card for those who have zero credit history or really bad credit is the open sky card.
There is no credit check required
This means that they will approve anyone who pays the 0 deposit
The only negative to this card is that there is a annual fee of dollars. This can be worth it though in comparison to any high fees you may have to pay due to low credit score.